Corkbeg 7-4 Temple United
Corkbeg welcomed Temple United to Whitegate on a blustery Saturday afternoon for their final Mossie Linnane League Cup game.
It was the home side who got the game underway, but they found themselves one nil down after just one minute. A deflected cross into the box found itself looping in the air, before the Temple striker headed beyond John Manning to give the visitors the lead.
For the next ten minutes, it would be the away side who’d control the game, despite not registering any efforts on target.
Corkbeg did equalise in the 12th minute, when Alan Hogan struck home to level the two sides. This seemed to be the turning point in the first half, as Corkbeg upped the anti for the remainder of the half.
Corkbeg took the lead after 20 minutes, when a superb Jordan Tynan free kick was bundled home by Kevin O Hanlon. Thirty seconds later, the Corkbeg had a third. A Pirlo-esque through ball by Tariq Tynan split Temple’s defence open, and Shane Bennett cooly dispatched beyond the onrushing keeper to make it 3-1.
Temple did reply almost instantly, when the referee pointed to the spot, after a Jack Farmer handball on the edge of the box. The Temple number 5 sent John Manning the wrong way, with the score now 3-2 after just 25 minutes. Corkbeg dominated the remainder of the half, with Alan Hogan, Jordan Ryan and Tariq Tynan all having efforts on goal. Jordan Tynan nearly scored a wonder free-kick from 30 yards out, but his effort just breezed over the crossbar. Temple came close to equalising in the 36th minute, as their striker had his effort well saved by John Manning. It was Corkbeg who leaded at half time: 3-2.
Temple got the second half underway and they found themselves on the front foot for the opening ten minutes of the second half. Corkbeg, playing into the wind, worked the ball out from the back very well, with Jack Farmer, Dylan Casey, David Hickman and Jordan Tynan all picking up the ball and working it out. Corkbeg made it 4-2 on the hour mark, as Shane Bennett’s deflected effort wrong-footed the Temple goalkeeper and nestled into the bottom corner.
Three minutes later it was 5-2. Bennett picked up a loose ball and switched the play to Tariq, who took two touches and rifled a screamer of a shot home from 30 yards. I’m sure we’ll be hearing about this one for a while!
Not long after, Corkbeg had a 6th, with Shane (pictured) grabbing his hat-trick. He picked the ball up, burst through the Temple defence into the 18 yard box where he drove home, beyond the keeper.
Two minutes later, Kevin O Hanlon secured his brace. Another excellent through ball from Jordan Tynan found the feet of Alan Hogan, who beat his man and ran towards the byline, before drilling the ball across the 6 yard box for Kevin to slot home.
Killian O Driscoll, Josh Leahy and Karl Ryan all entered the game, as Corkbeg looked to secure the win.
Max Ahern nearly added an eighth, after a great chip over the defence found Max in space, but his left-footed strike just trickled past the outside of the post.
Temple did get two goals towards the end of the game. The first was a free kick that beat John Manning down to his right-hand side. The second came on the stroke of full time, through an unfortunate own goal, by Jack Farmer, who was as solid as a rock today, despite playing out of position. It finished 7-4 to Corkbeg.
Overall, a good display by Corkbeg, with plenty of chances created by the home side. A great team performance today, but man of the match goes to Jordan Tynan, who put in a tremendous shift.
Corkbeg open their 21/22 AUL league campaign next Saturday, with a home game against Kilmichael Rovers.
CORKBEGS XI: John Manning, Tyler Tynan, David Hickman, Jack Farmer, Dylan Casey, Jordan Ryan, Shane Bennett, Tariq Tynan, Max Ahern, Alan Hogan, Kevin O Hanlon.
SUBSTITUTES: 60 min – Killian O Driscoll for Jordan Ryan, 75 min – Josh Leahy for Kevin O Hanlon, 85 Min – Karl Ryan for Alan Hogan